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Soft versus hard targets for exchange rate intervention

Leonardo Bartolini and Alessandro Prati

Economic Policy, 1997, vol. 12, issue 24, 13-52

Abstract: type="main" xml:lang="en"> Exchange rate intervention by monetary authorities should defend a band not for the spot exchange rate, but for a moving average of its recent values. This target zone is soft, in that it allows greater short-run flexibility, but also rigorous: it still precludes any sustained easing of monetary policy. In comparison with conventional hard target zones for the spot exchange rate, we find considerable advantages for the rule we propose. In particular, without compromising long-run discipline, it increases resilience against speculative attacks, especially when shocks to exchange rate fundamentals are transitory.

Date: 1997
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